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May 1, 2018

Warrenton police chief retiring at end of month

Chief Lou Battle will retire May 31 after 11 years with the Warrenton Police Department.
Warrenton Police Chief Louis Battle will retire May 31 after 11 years with the town.

The announcement came suddenly just after 9 p.m. Tuesday in a press release from Town Manager Brannon Godfrey.

Mr. Battle joined the Warrenton department as assistant chief in 2007. He has served as chief since 2012, succeeding Connie Novak after her retirement. Mr. Battle retired from the Miami Dade Police Department after 26 years. At the end of his tenure there, he served as a senior bureau commander in charge of tactical operations.

“Lou and his wife have several grandchildren in different parts of the country,” Mr. Godfrey said in the press release. “After a long career of public service, he feels now is the time to retire so that they can travel and spend time with family.”

The town police department has 29 full-time employees and an annual budget of $3.3 million.

The chief earns a salary of $116,043 and receives a $5,000 annual clothing allowance.

Mr. Godfrey called the department “a model of professionalism, thanks to Lou’s leadership. The changes that he brought to the department – modernized technology and equipment, the standard of compliance with policies and procedures, the staffing and organizational structure to provide a high level of service, the outreach to the church community and non-profit organizations — are the reasons we have attained State accreditation and re-accreditation, as well as the respect of our peer law enforcement agencies.”

Lt. Arthur Mellon will take over as acting chief June 1 and the town will conduct “a nationwide search” for Mr. Battle’s successor, the town manager said.

The town earlier this year advertised for applicants to fill the vacant deputy police chief’s position, but it remains unfilled.
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Jim Griffin · May 4, 2018 at 8:15 am
Many thanks for your service, Chief, and for leaving us better than you found us. Stay as long as you like, sorry to see you go. We cannot be sufficiently thankful for those in public service, especially first-responders.
TooTrue · May 2, 2018 at 8:37 am
It is past time, 9 p.m.
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